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Communicating nascent design theories on innovative information systems through multi-grounded design principles


Heinrich, Peter; Schwabe, Gerhard (2014). Communicating nascent design theories on innovative information systems through multi-grounded design principles. In: Ninth International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, Miami, Flroida, 22 May 2014 - 23 May 2014, 148-163.

Abstract

One central goal of design science research (DSR) is to generate, extract and communicate knowledge about the design of an artifact. Design sci- ence researchers ultimately strive to contribute knowledge in the form of mature design theories; mere descriptions of the artifacts are not regarded as sufficient contributions to knowledge anymore in scholarly publications. There is an increasing body of guidelines on how to produce and publish mature design theories. However, not every research project is in that state. To publish intermediate results (i.e. nascent theories), only general, abstract publication schemes can be found in the recent literature making it difficult to publish design knowledge at that intermediate level. In this paper, we contribute an extension of an exist- ing publication scheme, tailored towards the publication of such intermediate, work in progress design knowledge in the form of prescriptive design principles. This scheme was designed with respect to the complexity of today’s information systems IT artifacts. To demonstrate the scheme’s applicability, we will apply it to one of our recent scholarly publications in the CSCW area. We argue that this publication scheme extension will help to communicate design knowledge in earlier project stages, which allows a faster feedback to the knowledge base that will enable a broader community to participate in the “search process” for an optimal design solution.

One central goal of design science research (DSR) is to generate, extract and communicate knowledge about the design of an artifact. Design sci- ence researchers ultimately strive to contribute knowledge in the form of mature design theories; mere descriptions of the artifacts are not regarded as sufficient contributions to knowledge anymore in scholarly publications. There is an increasing body of guidelines on how to produce and publish mature design theories. However, not every research project is in that state. To publish intermediate results (i.e. nascent theories), only general, abstract publication schemes can be found in the recent literature making it difficult to publish design knowledge at that intermediate level. In this paper, we contribute an extension of an exist- ing publication scheme, tailored towards the publication of such intermediate, work in progress design knowledge in the form of prescriptive design principles. This scheme was designed with respect to the complexity of today’s information systems IT artifacts. To demonstrate the scheme’s applicability, we will apply it to one of our recent scholarly publications in the CSCW area. We argue that this publication scheme extension will help to communicate design knowledge in earlier project stages, which allows a faster feedback to the knowledge base that will enable a broader community to participate in the “search process” for an optimal design solution.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:23 May 2014
Deposited On:23 Jun 2014 15:27
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:55
Publisher:Springer
Series Name:Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Number:8463
ISSN:0302-9743
ISBN:978-3-319-06700-1
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-06701-8_10
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:9578
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-96771

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